Milebuilding Passage - Stornoway and the Hebrides to Plymouth -

£1,440.00  £995.00
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It is about 600nm as the crow flies from Stornoway to Plymouth – but why dash.  We’ll spend a few days cruising amongst the wonderful islands of the Outer Hebrides first before setting off to sail south around the Mull of Kintyre and across the Irish Sea to Dublin. (36 hours).  After a quick pit stop here for some Guinness we set off on the second long passage from Dublin around Lands End to Plymouth. (48 hours)

This trip is great for gaining miles for your log book, participating in a watch routine and experiencing passages over 60 miles.  There are plenty of opportunities to practice navigation and work out the tides as we pass between the islands of the inner Hebrides and around the Mull of Kintyre. This passage is ideal for milebuilding and experiencing sailing in more challenging conditions

Weather dependent as always, but with sensible weather the options are unlimited.  We will be spoilt for choice with wilderness anchorages, 

However the route plans out you will gain miles for your log book and experience taking part in a watch system.  You will get to feel the wind in your hair and the power of the sea as you take the helm and enjoy night sailing under the stars.  There is plenty of shipping to look out for and identify on this route too.

Our Sailing Holiday highlights include

  • Explore the Outer Hebrides
  • Sail across the Minch
  • Sail around the Mull of Kintyre (get your tides right!)
  • Visit the islands of the Hebrides
  • Sample a Guinness in Ireland
  • Experience the beauty of sunrise and sunset at sea
  • Participate in a watch system
  • 600 nm of varied sailing and passage making for your log book
There are daily flights to Stornoway from both Edinburgh and Glasgow - also a daily ferry from Ullapool. See more information on getting to Stornoway
At a Glance

2nd to 14th September 2019

was £1440, now £995    see What's Included

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Difficulty Level AAAA - click for more info  
day sailing, overnight sailing and up to 72 hours of watchkeeping
Previous sailing experience of at least 10 days is required for this trip.

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 This is a sample itinerary only –on all passages the weather dictates the programme and stops are subject to change.

Day 1 – Arrive on board 1800.  Welcome reception, introductions and itinerary discussion. Dinner served on board at 2000.

Day 2 – Breakfast followed by safety briefing.  Learn about the boat and where things are kept.  Set sail for the wild and beautiful anchorage at East Lock Tarbert, Harris.  Look out for sea eagles.

Day 3 – continue south along the island chain to North Uist, weave amongst the many islands and spend the night on the pontoons in Loch Maddy,  Great to explore ashore here.

Day 4– South again to South Uist, with its miles of white sandy beaches you may be persuaded to go for a swim when we arrive in  Loch Boisdale.

Day 5 – Dash across the Minch to Rhum – anchor for a good nights sleep lots of miles coming up tomorrow.

Day 6 – Set off south with the tide towards the sound of Islay.  Take a pit stop in West Loch Tarbert Jura waiting for the next tide.

Day 7 –  early rise to catch the tide southwards, round the Mull of Kintyre and charge south through the Irish Sea..  Night at Sea.

Day 8 – Arrive in Dunlaoghaire.  Enjoy an afternoon ashore in Dublin and sample some Guinness in the evening

Day 10 – Set off from Dunlaoghaire on our second passage of the trip – this should take us 50 hours, spend the night at sea.

Day 11 – Continue sailing and watch out for traffic as we approach the traffic lanes off Lands end. Sail around Lands End in the dark.

Day 12 – Arrive in Plymouth Sound, sail past the Hoe made famous by Sir Francis Drake playing bowls and on to Mayflower Marina

Day 13 – Breakfast, depart

This is an example itinerary for a milebuilding passage aboard Velvet Lady.  Velvet Lady is an Oyster 55 skippered yacht and all our passages are great for milebuilding and hands on sailing no matter what your experience.  All our sailing holidays are weather dependent and the exact itinerary will be decided by the skipper to suit the weather conditions. On all our trips it is possible to book an individual berth and become part of a group. To see our other opportunities for ocean passages and milebuilding  please see our schedule


  • Date: 2nd - 14th September 2019
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